October in books, my thoughts on what I read

October’s reading time has come to an end. There is something about the cooler weather that just makes me want to curl up with a good book. In fact, I spent a pretty good amount of time this month reading. While not my strongest reading month, I did get through quite a few books. My daily reading time, plus tossing in extra time when a book demands my full attention is a big contributor to putting a big dent in my enormous TBR. October in books tenth installment of my ongoing series highlighting what I read in a month.

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October in books

Bloodline by Claudia Gray

A story that was both good and pretty dang boring. This story helps to fill in the gaps of what happened to cause the fall of the New Republic after the events of the original trilogy and when the First Order appears. However, it’s fairly slow-paced and bogged down by the senate – though that is a key part of the story. Certainly not the best Star Wars novel, but also not the worst.

Yona of the Dawn Volume 20 by Mizuho Kusanagi

This was a fantastic volume. The characters all really shine in this one, but it’s Yona and Riri who really were the stars of the story. I didn’t want to volume to end, but it did and on such a huge cliff hanger. I cannot wait to read the next volume when it comes out.

Snow White With The Red Hair Volume 1 by Sorata Akiduki

I picked this one up on a whim. The story itself is quite good, but I have to admit it didn’t grab me as much as some other stories have. I do think the artwork in this manga is very well done. Will I continue this series? More than likely, but I am not in a huge rush to do so.

Ravenpaw’s Path by Erin Hunter

This graphic novel is a bind of up three books: Shattered Peace, A Clan In Need and The Heart of A Warrior. These books help to fill in the story between the first and second series while also giving a bit more detail about Ravenpaw and his life away from the clans. One nice thing about the graphic novel is you can finally see what the cats look like. True, you know essentially what their colors are from the novels, but seeing them illustrated really brings out the details. A quick and enjoyable read.

Wide Open by Larry Bjornson

One of the best westerns I have read in a long time. This book pulled me in right from page one and didn’t let go until I was done. I don’t know if anything I say can truly do this book justice. It was wonderfully written, with rich characters and a well-paced plot.

The Dodgeball Chronicles by Frank Cammuso

A fun little King Arthus retelling in the form of a graphic novel set in modern times. The characters are a mix of those who appear in the story of King Arthur, though their names are changed a bit. I have to give the author a high five for his creativity is putting a modern twist on this well-known story.

The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

I feel like this book had the most impact on me this month and rightfully so. This was a book my husband suggested to me and while I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it, I’m glad I took his advice. I have a lot of thoughts on this one, so look for a full review of this one coming soon. Well worth the read.

The Dragon Players by Frank Cammuso

Not as good as the first book, but still kind of a fun read. I can see why my son likes reading this series but I would rather read about the real King Arthur story.

October in books - A small potion of the books I read this month.

The Rising of the Sheild Hero Volume 1 by Aneko Yusagi

I love the anime, so I wanted to check out the original story through the light novel. There wasn’t much difference between the light novel and the anime. However, in reading, you get to see more of Naofumi’s internal thoughts, especially what he thinks and feels about a certain character. I will continue this series for sure.

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynn Jones

For years I have wanted to read this book. I absolutely love the anime of it, but I wanted to check out the original source material. It was hard at times to focus on the book because I kept comparing it to the anime. However, I really did enjoy this story. It is different from the anime, but I liked seeing how things were supposed to play out. The characters are even a bit different from their anime counterparts. I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.

Life In A Medieval Village by Joseph & Frances Gies

This was a book I had been meaning to read for a while now and is part of my research for one of my writing projects. While I did learn quite a bit from this book, I did find some areas lacking. And that’s nothing against the authors, who clearly did a lot of research for these books. It was simply a fact that records weren’t really kept that detailed the daily lives of peasants and other lower classes in medieval times.

Life In A Medieval City by Joseph & Frances Gies

This book was my favorite in the Life In A Medieval series. The detail of what life entailed for women, the household, doctors, scholars and anyone else of minor and major importance. I found this book really helpful in imagining just what it was like to live in a medieval city and what daily life was like.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

I am torn on this one. The story itself was pretty interesting. However, the narrator of this audiobook ruined the entire experience. His voice was so monotonous, that even when there was great emotion during a scene it all felt flat. It’s honestly a miracle I listened to the whole thing.

Witches With The Enemy by Barb Hendee

By far the best book in this series so far. Witches With The Enemy is the third book in the Mist-Torn Witches series. This book really brought on a lot of character development, world-building and had a great story to boot. I had been unsure if I would continue this series when I began this book, but now I am excited to keep reading.

The Lions’ Legacy by Gareth Patterson

I read this book about twenty years ago. While reorganizing my shelves, I discovered it shoved behind some other books and decided to read it again. It is a mix of biography, of both the author and of George Adamson, and a passionate look into wildlife conservation – namely dealing with lions. While I didn’t love this book as much as the first time I read it, it was still nice to revisit this.

Komi Can’t Communicate Volume 2 by Tomohito Oda

The story in this volume took an interesting turn but even so, I absolutely love it. I am so glad that this manga exists. We need more books and stories about socially awkward people. It just makes for great reading plus I relate to Komi so much. Really looking forward to continuing this series.

The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui. Sutherland

The first book in the Wings of Fire series. I wasn’t sure what to expect but was looking forward to it after reading the prequel novel Darkstalker. This one was so different from Darkstalker than initially, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it. The story did pick up in the second half and I did like it. I will have to continue reading this series to see how everything plays out.

October in books stats

  • Books read: 19
  • Books purchased: 16
  • Books purged: 4

Though these are my opinions, please understand that they should not prevent you from reading any of these books. A book that I don’t like could be a book that you end up loving. Always give books a chance.

What did you read in October? Any books that stood out to you as exceptional reads?


    1. Not everyone will read as much as I do. Read what you can and that is what matters.

  1. Holy cow! You read a ton of books! I think I picked up the Magicians once but just couldn’t really get into it either.

    Life in a Medieval series sounds like something that I need to check out ASAP as I love history. Have you seen the Time Travel Chats that happen on Twitter, usually every other Friday? Kara and Leah run them, and you might love them.

    I’m loving your eclectic taste with all ages as well as anime/graphic novels. How did you read that much, even with the DNF?

    Hope NaNoWriMo is going well!

    1. I might have enjoyed it more had I read the book instead of listening to it, but I’m still not sure if I would have loved it.

      Yes, check them out, they are great. Oh, I hadn’t heard of Time Travel Chats, I will have to check them out.

      I find reading a bit of everything helps me read so much. If I stick to one genre now, I can get bored. It also helps that I read 1-3 hours per day. I will also say that things like manga and middle-grade are great for boosting your read numbers because I can read them extremely quickly.

      NaNoWriMo is going pretty good so far.

  2. I bought my daughter the first book in the Knights of the Lunch Table series on the recommendation of a coworker. She truly liked it, but my six-year-old son grew fixated on it. How I wished Frank Cammuso had produced more writing! They were devoured by my little guy!

    1. I’m glad both of your kids enjoyed the books, it is such a fun series. I’m sure there are similar books written by different authors that your kids will love as well.

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